Mario would be the first to tell you (as he has many times) that "true authentic" Italian depends on which grandma made it, which town, which end of the street - and which side of the street she lived on. One of the prides of the Italian kitchen is the individual "interpritation" of the basic dish.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain